Surrey County Council launches new dog walkers code of conduct

Surrey County Council has launched a new dog walkers code of conduct to ensure the countryside can be enjoyed by all and to protect wildlife and the natural environment.
Surrey County Council has launched a new dog walkers code of conduct to ensure the countryside can be enjoyed by all and to protect wildlife and the natural environment. Picture contributedSurrey County Council has launched a new dog walkers code of conduct to ensure the countryside can be enjoyed by all and to protect wildlife and the natural environment. Picture contributed
Surrey County Council has launched a new dog walkers code of conduct to ensure the countryside can be enjoyed by all and to protect wildlife and the natural environment. Picture contributed

The code of conduct highlights the importance of picking up dog waste which is harmful to both humans, livestock and wildlife, why dogs should be kept under control particularly around ground nesting bird season and Surrey’s recommended number of dogs per individual when dog walking.

The vast majority of residents use Surrey’s countryside responsibly but the code of conduct endeavours to support all dog walkers.

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The county council has worked with other local landowners and partners including the National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Thames Basin Heaths Partnership and Surrey Hills National Landscape to create a clear and simple ‘code of conduct’ which can be found across countryside sites.

Professional dog walkers are welcome to use Surrey County Council’s countryside sites but are being encouraged to sign up to the Code of Conduct. Once signed up a car sticker will be issued to display helping to spread the word that their business follows industry best practice in care and welfare, making every effort to respect the special qualities of the Surrey countryside.

Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Surrey’s countryside is for everyone to enjoy. We understand the great value in getting out into greenspace and the huge benefits for mental and physical wellbeing but it’s important that all users respect each other. By following our simple dog walking code of conduct we hope all users will not only respect each other’s needs but also help protect the valuable green spaces on their doorstep”.

The full Code of Conduct is available to view on the Surrey County Council website and features in a series of posters on noticeboards across countryside sites.

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